This beautiful smart lamp helps you relax by soothing your senses

Different people try to relax in different ways. Some just need to pop in a good video and lose themselves for hours in entertainment. Others, however, need something a little more sublime. Soothing music, pleasing aromas, or even hypnotic candle lights can help flick a switch in our brains to start winding down. Each one of us has a unique preference, but those preferences can change at a moment’s notice. Most relaxation products, however, address only one or at most two use cases, limiting what you actually achieve when it comes to bathing the senses in positive stimuli. That’s why this smart lamp concept breaks down those barriers to offer a multi-sensory experience that will delight and soothe the senses to help you enter into that state of calm.

Designer: Anil Ramesh (Analogy Design)

Some people shut their eyes tight when they want to block out the world, while others prefer being mesmerized by flickering lights. Some take to their favorite kind of music to chill, while others prefer the scents of essential oils. There are obviously different ways to help our bodies and mind settle down, and also different products targeting those different senses. If you ever wanted to combine all three or find yourself switching between them once in a while, you’re pretty much forced to buy all three kinds of products.

Idiya goes beyond those monosensory devices and combines all three experiences into a single, elegant solution. It’s a smart lamp that looks like a giant candle on the outside, which isn’t by accident. After all, appearances are for the eyes, so it’s critical that the product comes in a familiar and aesthetically pleasing package. The gently sloping middle surface, surrounded by an uneven wall, is designed in the semblance of the basic candle shape, while the lamp’s different and changing colors adapt to a person’s preferences and inclinations.

The device, however, is also a smart speaker that can emit sound in all 360 degrees. A mobile app will let you select your preferred soundscape or theme and even match it with the light of the candle. Last but definitely not least, There’s also an essential oil diffuser that completes the equation, creating a more powerful and entrancing experience that will definitely change the atmosphere inside your home or room.

Truth be told, Idiya is technically a mashup of three different devices, but it’s a combination that is executed in such a graceful manner that you’d be left wondering why it hasn’t been turned into an actual product just yet. Arguably, some prefer simpler, single-use products, but human desires can change so frequently that a single device that targets three of your five senses might be a more efficient and economical way to relax and find your center.

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Brooklyn Tote

West Brooklyn Waterfront Mutual Aid and Gowanus Mutual Aid partnered with GrowNYC to create a community-supported agriculture program that provides fresh produce to those in Brooklyn who need it. This tote, featuring a logo of the borough designed by Brooklyn-based artist Jessie Smith, supports the initiative, with each purchase funding one week of food for a family.

Lorcan O’Herlihy completes a family residence in Malibu

The exterior of Highgrove House

California architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, founder of the studio LOHA, has transformed a neglected 1990s house in southern California into a family residence with framed views of mountainous terrain.

Nestled amongst a cluster of trees on a Malibu hillside, the Highgrove House was purchased by O’Herlihy and his wife, Cornelia, in 2010.

A two storey house nestled in a hillside
Highway House is nestled into a mountainous hillside in Malibu

At the time, the circa-1998 house was structurally sound but in a state of disrepair. Both the interior and exterior were in need of a makeover.

Over the years, the couple chipped away at renovating the two-storey house – a project described as a “labor of love”. The work included a kitchen remodel, new decks and the restoration of hardwood floors.

A black facade of Highway House
Lorcan O’Herlihy renovated the house for his family

In 2020, the couple decided to embark on a major overhaul and create a home that “sparks creativity”. Guiding concerns included embracing the landscaping and retaining original building elements.

“It’s important to keep the existing structure when possible because it cuts down the ecological footprint of construction,” said O’Herlihy.

“The key is to strategically design within those parameters.”

An external terrace around Highway House
The home’s fibre-cement siding was retained

O’Herlihy added a small room on the lower level but otherwise kept the home’s footprint intact. New materials were incorporated, both inside and out.

“The material choices are equally contemporary and timeless against the backdrop of the southern California mountains,” the architect said.

A woman sitting on a patio overlooking mountains
An L-shaped terrace wraps around the exterior

The home’s original fibre-cement siding was retained and the studio covered it with a grey wooden rain screen. The screen mitigates solar heat gain and, visually speaking, helps emphasize the home’s crisp, rectilinear form.

In some areas, the screen sits 18 inches (46 centimetres) from the home’s perimeter wall. The distance enabled the architect to create deep-set windows, further reducing solar gain and adding an artistic touch to the exterior.

A living room inside Highway House
Oak floorboards line the floor inside

In select areas, ordinary casement windows were replaced with mullion-free, plate-glass windows. The glazing offers unobstructed views of the landscape.

A glazed, sliding door opens onto an L-shaped terrace, where the family likes to relax and take in the scenery.

A chaise lounge in front of a window
Large windows provide views of the wilderness outside

Within the 2,500-square-foot (232-square-metre) home, the layout was slightly modified.

The upper level holds the shared spaces, along with a primary suite and a bedroom. The lower levels contains two additional bedrooms.

An open plan kitchen inside Highway House
The kitchen has Finnish birch plywood cabinets

Stairs were relocated to make the living room larger, flex space was added on the lower level, and a bathroom was enlarged. A garage was converted into a kids’ space.

Interior finishes include oak flooring and painted drywall.

In the kitchen, the architect installed custom Finnish birch plywood cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops.

The home is furnished with contemporary decor, including chairs designed by Le Corbusier.

A minimalist white bathroom
The bathroom was enlarged for the family

LOHA, or Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, has developed an extensive portfolio since its founding in 1994. Notable projects include a student apartment complex that steps down an LA hillside and a row of sculptural, metal-clad homes that explore possibilities for the “small lot subdivision typology”.

The firm made the longlist for architecture studio of the year in the 2022 Dezeen Awards programme. In 2021, Lorcan O’Herlihy received the coveted Gold Medal from AIA’s Los Angeles chapter.

The photography is by Here and Now Agency (HANA).

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Pipe Party Workshop

Pipe Party is LA’s first pipe-making workshop from inclusive ceramic studio POT. Open to all skill levels, the class features step-by-step instructions on making and decorating pipes and all the necessary accomanying instruments. It’s a fun, creative way to celebrate cannabis—with the class being BYOB as well as BYOC.

NASA Taps ICON to Develop Habitats in Space

A $57.2 million contract moves the needle toward living on the moon and Mars

The dream of settling on the moon is beginning to look more feasible. At the forefront of this development is NASA who has recently awarded a $52.7 million contract to the Austin, Texas-based startup ICON to create a lunar construction system for longterm human presence on the moon and Mars.

The contract is a continuation of ICON’s Project Olympus, a program (also partly funded by NASA) founded in 2020 working to build space-based habitats modeled on their innovative 3D-printed homebuilding system. As the first company to build a fully permitted 3D-printed home, designed in partnership with Bjarke Ingels Group, ICON is researching how their technology could be translated in space to build outposts, roads and launchpads. Already, they have 3D printed a 1,700-square-foot simulated Martian habitat, called Mars Dune Alpha, which will be used in NASA’s Crew Health and Performance Analog mission in 2023.

Studying lunar soil, regolith and lunar gravity, the company will explore how infrastructure can be built on the moon and Mars with resources that are already available there. The contract (which runs through 2028) marks a significant development and investment in creating a viable, livable environment beyond Earth.

“The final deliverable of this contract will be humanity’s first construction on another world, and that is going to be a pretty special achievement,” says ICON’s co-founder and CEO, Jason Ballard. The nascent program’s achievements certainly speak to the promise of the new contract.

Images courtesy of ICON/Bjarke Ingels Group

Immune Revival

Founded by Dr Sarah Rahal MD, ARMRA uses proprietary technology to distill colostrum—the first milk that humans and mammals produce during pregnancy which contains all the essential nutrients needed for infants to thrive—into a bioavailable form: Immune Revival. Using colostrum from grass-fed cows raised in family-owned farms in the US, the potent concentrate (available in blood orange or with no added flavoring) packs over 200 nutrients to strengthen immunity, boost metabolism, fortify the gut, support sleep and more. According to research, taking the supplement by mouth or mixing it with a beverage can trigger anti-bacterial immune defense in under two hours.

Miami Art Week 2022: Beyond the Art Fairs

Local art institutions, pop-ups and large-scale sculptural works throughout the city

Anchored by the expansive, ever-inspiring Art Basel Miami Beach and the the illuminating Design Miami showcase nearby, Miami Art Week further flourishes thanks to the continued presence of Untitled, NADA, Scope and other powerful art and design fairs. To participate in this exhaustive artistic extravaganza and not step into one of Miami’s own world-class, permanent institutions is not only a disservice to the city but to oneself. Miami’s museums and galleries host thought-provoking pieces and nurture a diverse roster of artists, and Miami’s Design District—which this year awarded Germane Barnes the 2022 Miami Design District Annual Neighborhood Commission—provides artful surprises around every corner.

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Germane Barnes installation, image by Kris Tamburello

In addition to these fixtures, the city itself comes to life during Miami Art Week. Yes, there are a multitude of milestone parties (White Cube gallery kicked the week off at Soho Beach House, Stone Island celebrated their 40th anniversary in Miami’s abandoned RC Cola Factory, Farfetch hosted a dance party in the Faena Theater, Prada took over the Faena Forum, Penfolds dressed Temple House in red, and Ruinart partnered with Jeppe Hein for a beach bash) but these are best celebrated alongside influential art pop-ups, large-scale outdoor sculptures and more. Ephemeral moments like DRIFT‘s enchanting drone performances may have passed, but for anyone in Miami, or dreaming of it, these nine art happenings should be explored.

Courtesy of The Bass Museum of Art

Adrián Villar Rojas with Mariana Telleria’s El fin de la imaginación at The Bass Museum of Art

An enveloping, otherworldly experience, El fin de la imaginación at The Bass Museum of Art pairs sprawling site-specific installations by Argentinian sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas with archival clay works. Two sculptural pieces that address the very notion of monuments, by fellow Argentinian artist Mariana Telleria, complete the profound immersion.

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Courtesy of Nina Johnson

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Courtesy of Nina Johnson

Nadia Ayari’s Eyelash in the Unknown at Nina Johnson

From beloved Miami gallerist Nina Johnson comes Tunisia-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nadia Ayari‘s powerful new narrative-driven exhibition, Eyelash in the Unknown. Ayari pairs her signature lush, layered and abstract oil paint portrayals of natural imagery with cast-glass sculptures (a first for the artist) that reference elements of the paintings. It’s a bright, carefully staged presentation with an underlying story.

Courtesy of Art Basel, image by Steven Meisel

Saint Laurent’s SEX by Madonna, curated by Anthony Vaccarello

An official partnership with Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Saint Laurent, SEX by Madonna, curated by Anthony Vaccarello is a moving celebration of the 30th anniversary of the iconic pop star’s seminal book. Housed in a metallic, open-air cube on the sands of Miami Beach, the exhibition displays the book’s original photography by Steven Meisel. A testament to their lasting power, the images not only feel relevant but forward-thinking. Free and open to the public for anyone over 18, the exhibit forbids photography, but Saint Lauren Rive Droite’s limited edition reissue of the book is available.

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by David Graver

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100 Years Presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch

Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch have collaborated on another Miami Art Week pop-up presentation, this time within the Design District’s Buick Building—and as with previous iterations, it’s one of the most compelling artistic immersions on view across the city. Entitled 100 Yearsthe group exhibit probes the passage of time—from atrocities to absurdities, across periods of widespread cultural change. Works by Theaster Gates, Homa Delvaray, Urs Fischer, Carsten Höller, Madeline Hollander, Refik Anadol and many more engage guests and encourage continued contemplation.

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Courtesy of FriendsWithYou

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Courtesy of Zack Balber/FriendsWithYou

“Starchild” by FriendsWithYou

A bright orange beacon of optimism, the 50-foot “Starchild” sculpture by FriendsWithYou was commissioned by the City of Miami Beach and rises at 41st Street and Pine Tree Drive. More than a large-scale public piece, “Starchild” marks a new chapter for the collaborative artist duo (aka Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III) as the character will begin to appear in various manifestations throughout a long-form conceptual project.

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Andrea Marie Breiling’s Ribbons installation view at Villa Paula, Miami, (2022), courtesy of Night Gallery

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Andrea Marie Breiling’s Ribbons installation view at Villa Paula, Miami, (2022), courtesy of Night Gallery

Andrea Marie Breiling’s Ribbons at Night Gallery

Constructed in 1926 as the only Cuban consulate in the US, Little Haiti’s French neo-classical Villa Paula recently underwent renovations and now hosts Night Gallery‘s Miami Art Week pop-up exhibition, a solo show by American contemporary abstract painter Andrea Marie Breiling entitled Ribbons. Breiling’s transportive pieces—composed of unspooling ribbons of feathered color—uniquely accent the extraordinary venue.

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Leandro Erlich “The View” (1997), Image courtesy of Leandro Erlich Studio

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Leandro Erlich’s “Swimming Pool” (1999), Image courtesy of Leandro Erlich Studio

Leandro Erlich’s Liminal at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Within the exemplary Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Liminal arranges 16 pioneering works by Argentinian conceptual artist Leandro Erlich in an experiential arc. Curated by Dan Cameron, it’s the first monongraph survey exhibition of the artist’s contributions in North American—and it’s a resounding experience that lingers long after a viewing.

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“Florals, (One)” by Xaviera Simmons, courtesy of David Castillo

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“Florals, (One)” by Xaviera Simmons, courtesy of David Castillo

The Floral Impulse at David Castillo Gallery

An exemplary exploration of the floral still life that traverses aesthetics and allegories, The Floral Impulse presented by acclaimed Miami gallery David Castillo is a group exhibit that unites the work of 25 artists. With collaborative curation by Xaviera Simmons, the represented mediums include painting and sculpture, video, photography and more. Simmons’ own work is joined by contributions from Jillian Mayer, Amber Cowan, Austin Lee, Yesiyu Zhao and more.

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Courtesy of Avenue Road

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Kristian Kragelund’s Artefacts at the Avenue Road Villa

Open by appointment only, Avenue Road founder Stephan Weishaupt’s 5oz. Miami Villa shows the mesmerizing works of Danish mixed-media artist Kristian Kragelund. Entitled Artefacts, it’s Kragelund’s first solo exhibition in North America and each piece—composed of upcycled tech-industry materials like silicon and fiber glass—comes to life alongside works by Avenue Road and David Hockney inside, and Yabu Pushelberg for Tribù outside.

Hero image of Ugo Rondinone’s “Miami Mountain,” courtesy of The Bass Museum/Zach Balber

Making Urban Scaffolding Beautiful: Urban Umbrella

When I left NYC several years ago, scaffolding looked like this:

Now it’s been upgraded, at least in places. A company called Urban Umbrella has wisely designed a more attractive scaffolding system, and even convinced the city to allow them to use the color white (standard regulation is Hunter Green).

Typical scaffolding requires ugly X-bracing…

…whereas Urban Umbrella’s design uses graceful struts:

Gone are the caged outdoor lights of typical scaffolding systems; Urban Umbrella uses slender LEDs instead.

Their system also allows customizability.

As you’d expect, Urban Umbrella’s system is more expensive than standard scaffolding—three to four times as much. Company founder Benjamin Krall told CBS News that he typically pitches the retailers, who can then sway the landlords who have to foot the bill. “We are at least going to give your ground floor retailer a shot to stay in business,” Krall explains, “because one in five retailers exposed to traditional scaffolding will go out of business.”

As someone who’s looked at ugly scaffolding for most of my life, I’m stunned at how good Urban Umbrella’s fixtures look.

Krall, for his part, is modest. “”We are improving a product people still hate,” he says. “They’re still happy when it comes down.”

Smart Design: The Tumbler Diamond Rolling Knife Sharpener

Remember that elaborate Ixi Ruixin Pro knife-sharpening rig?

In contrast, look at how simple and elegant the design of this Tumbler Diamond Rolling Knife Sharpener is:

The magnetic block offers a 15-degree angle on one side, and a 20-degree on the other.

The rolling sharpener is also dual-sided: The continuous surface is diamond-plated, meant to do the initial sharpening. The spiral surface is stainless steel and meant for the final honing.

These go for $98—when they come back into stock. Due to high demand, Tumbler says, new orders won’t ship until December 16th.

This collection of curvy furniture pieces made from linoleum gives the material a new identity

A graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Lina Chi decided to revamp the usage of linoleum – by creating a collection of curvy and quirky furniture designs built from single sheets of linoleum. Quite aptly named ‘Linoleum’, Chi hopes to reinvent the material and provide it with a new identity. Linoleum is a biodegradable material, created using a combination of biomaterials such as cork, wood dust, and limestone, which are further mixed with linseed oil, and then coated on a jute fabric backing.

Designer: Lina Chi

The Linoleum collection consists of a bench, two stools, and a low table. Linoleum is a material that has been existing for ages. It is primarily used as flooring, although it can be used as furniture.  It is a material that is quite common in spaces – such as schools, kitchens, and hospitals but is often mistaken to be plastic since they both have a similar appearance. Chi wanted to rebrand linoleum and present it in a new light. Her furniture collection seeks to function as a modern reinterpretation of the material, one in which its aesthetics and sturdiness are brought to light.

Chi teamed up with UK flooring manufacturer Forbo to experiment with how linoleum could be bent, curved, twisted, and played around with by hand. She wanted to create pieces that were sculptural, and quite visually pleasing. Although the material is water-and-fire resistant, she did want to make sure it was strong and durable enough to hold a person’s weight. To do so, she drew inspiration from the process used to make cardboard stronger – that is by adding a corrugated layer between two sheets of paper.

Chi bent and twisted a single sheet of linoleum by hand in a heated room, transforming it into a sculptural structure with beautifully curved flourishes, without the use of any adhesives or permanent bindings. “I realized that the tighter I was making the undulation of the linoleum, the stronger it was getting, and what is interesting is the linoleum changed with the heat of my body, but also the heat of the room,” said Lina.

Chi’s furniture collection is a rediscovery and reimagining of an extremely familiar material through unconventional and innovative methods. She hopes to inspire other designers to also experiment and play around with pre-existing materials, and impart them with a new identity, the way she did with linoleum.

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